Flintoff makes a name for himself in boxing
Unbelievable! Freddie Flintoff beats Richard Dawson on points
with a 39 - 38 win, despite suffering a second round knockdown. It
was a truly atmospheric night in the MEN Arena as Freddie Flintoff
crossed a divide which very few have done before.
Flintoff banished his pre-fight nerves in the
Despite looking nervous before the bout, the 6ft 4in
cricketer-turned-boxer started as confidently as could be expected.
The Preston-born right-hander showed that he would not shy away
from conflict, getting onto the front foot early, though his
footwork did perhaps look a bit suspect. Flintoff started the fight
with his feet very far apart, which undermined the power he'd
clearly built over months in a training camp which saw him shed
over 20 kilograms.
After winning the first round 10 - 9, the second was tougher for
the former England cricket captain. He suffered the first knockdown
of his career when caught by a powerful right, though the punch
seemed to unbalance, rather than hurt, Flintoff.
Flintoff recovered well from a second round knockdown
Flintoff recovered well, and managed to seemingly limit the
damage on the scorecards to just a single point deficit to level
Roared on by the MEN Arena, Flintoff then appeared to have the
best of the remaining two rounds, though they passed by with little
And as the final bell sounded, the two men embraced before
Flintoff's hand was raised for one of the most unlikely victories
you're ever likely to see.
Freddie Flintoff celebrates his remarkable win
Cricket Legend Flintoff Set For Heavyweight Bow
Some things you have to see to believe. The 6ft 4in Andrew
"Freddie" Flintoff, a decorated cricketer who won over 200 caps for
his country across all formats of the game, will lace up a pair of
boxing gloves and fight in the heavyweight division.
In what promises to be an intriguing and fascinating night from
the Manchester Evening News Arena, the Ashes-winning all-rounder
will tread a path that few others have previously walked and switch
from cricket whites to boxing trunks.
Introducing Richard Dawson
Flintoff's opponent is 23-year-old American prospect Richard
Dawson, who has a 2 - 0 record to his name, including a win by
stoppage after his opponent retired.
The Oklahoma-fighter sealed both of his wins in his home town,
but he's now looking to venture over to impress a British audience
and enter the ring with an MBE and sporting legend.